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Day 2: 5:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m. 

Jack discovers that Shery Palmer is somehow involved in the conspiracy when he tries to talk to Alex Hewitt. Tony and Michelle make a critical decision on how to handle the Chappelle situation.



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Jack discovers that Shery Palmer is somehow involved in the conspiracy when he tries to talk to Alex Hewitt. Tony and Michelle make a critical decision on how to handle the Chappelle situation.

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6 May 2003 (USA)  »

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Jack mentions "Mr. Palmer" to Mrs. Palmer, which was meant to convey that Palmer had been removed from office by the Cabinet vote. Although Jack very well might have referred to David Palmer incorrectly as Mr. Palmer, he was actually still the president and should have been referred to as President Palmer. The Cabinet only voted to temporarily appoint Vice President Stanton as "Acting President" (the exact term used in the 25th Amendment) due to the Cabinet's judgment that Palmer temporarily was "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office." Only Congress through the impeachment process can actually remove a president from office. Even then, afterward he would still referred to as President Palmer. The custom is for all former presidents, governors, Cabinet secretaries, etc. to be referred to by their highest-ranking title for the remainder of their life. Jimmy Carter is still referred to as President Carter, despite being out of office for 35 years. Note that in official settings, such as in the 2016 primary debates, Hillary Clinton is referred to by her highest previously held office, Secretary Clinton. See more »


Jack Bauer: [fires a shot at Sherry Palmer] Sit down!
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Sherry's back!
2 July 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

The season began with Arabic extremists being responsible for the nuclear attack on American soil. Then it turned out the NSA, led by Roger Stanton, was also involved. And then it was all revealed to be an elaborate scam concocted by some businessmen, Peter Kingsley (Tobin Bell) among them, in order to make more money thanks to a gratuitous war. And now, with only three episodes to go before the day ends, another element is "introduced".

The element is Sherry Palmer (Penny Johnson), returning to the show after more than ten episodes in which she was missing. The last minutes of the previous hour indicated she might be involved in the conspiracy (something that had already been suggested about fourteen hours before that), and so the majority of the 60 minutes that occur between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. are spent showing an open confrontation between Sherry and Jack, who has never liked the former First Lady's methods. In other news, newly appointed President Jim Prescott gives his approval to the initiation of the already announced conflict with the Middle East, and Tony and Michelle decide to neutralize Ryan in some way in order to help Jack. Oh, and Kim's in trouble. Again.

That Mrs. Palmer was an unreliable, manipulative witch was obvious from her very first appearance in Day One (yes, it was that evident), but few could have predicted she would go as far as scheming against her ex husband at the expense of democracy. Clearly fond of her role, Johnson plays Sherry in typical femme fatale fashion which, paired with a new cameo by Tobin Bell, makes this episode one of the most enjoyable in terms of subtle acting. No complaints about her verbal duel with Sutherland, either. Bravo. Can't wait to see how this ends.

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